• Could pigs one day solve the problem of shortage of organs available for transplantation?
    A group of scientists have recently produced “designer piglets” with inactivated retroviruses, as the research on safer transplantation of an animal organ into human marches on. They believe that clinical trials could start in 10 years’ time.
  • Hong Kong: The rise of multiple pregnancies and recent advancements in fertility technology
    Hong Kong has consistently had one of the lowest birth rates in the world. However, with the advancement in fertility technology and services – garnering popularity and accessibility in Hong Kong, as well as neighbouring countries such as Taiwan and Thailand – the city may soon see an upward trend of multiple pregnancies.
  • In light of the gadolinium controversy: The impact of recent verdict by major regulators
    On 21 July, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended that the use of linear gadolinium agents – or more commonly known as MRI contrasts – should be restricted due to the possibility of deposition of gadolinium in tissues. The US FDA on the other hand, did not share the same views.
  • HKUST discovers new technology to unlock mysteries of how diseases were formed in a cellular level
    Researchers at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have developed a new generation of microscope, which not only could capture 3D live cell videos, but the resulted images are also of much higher quality, greatly enhancing the accuracy and the scope of research on cell biology.
  • Design Thinking: Multidisciplinary approach to inspire innovation
    Adopting the concept from the business world, many healthcare providers are leaning towards design thinking application in their practices. This involves a multidisciplinary team contributing new ideas to improve patient management and better manoeuvre around the workspace.
  • Brain activity – zooming into how the brain functions
    Even though the brain is one of the most vital organs in the human body—we seem to have barely scratched the surface, when it comes to our knowledge on how the brain functions. The following article touches on several new research discoveries on brain activity—zooming into three main pieces in further detail.
  • The unexpected result of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria: A rise in antibiotic prescription
    Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) have been effectively used to distinguish between malarial and non-malarial fevers – to ensure appropriate and timely medical treatments could be given. However, a study showed an unintended consequence of this – an overuse of antibiotics.
  • Uses of light therapy in medicine
    The development of light therapy has led to a variety of applications today—both for home use and at a clinical setting. While light therapy is considerably safe, precautions must still be taken—especially for certain groups of patients.
  • News Bites: US FDA approves first drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C, Immunotherapy could slow the advance of type 1 diabetes
    This week, British researchers have suggested that an existing diabetes drug can slow the progress of Parkinson’s disease. An international collaborative study proved that gold could increase the effectiveness of drugs used to treat lung cancer cells. Also, a liquid biopsy that was designed to identify cancer cells from a blood sample, could also detect abnormalities in foetal DNA, according to researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • US doctor ordered to stop marketing three-parent baby technique
    FDA had warned a fertility doctor in the US to stop marketing the three-parent baby technique, which is an unapproved experimental procedure in the country. The technique had earlier been used in a couple to conceive a baby, after excluding the mother’s disease-causing DNA